Monday, July 3, 2017

REVIEW: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


Written with Reid’s signature talent for “creating complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.


After living in LA for almost 3 years, I was super intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I always wondered what people did to get themselves to fame, and wondered about the truth behind what we read in the tabloids. 

Evelyn Hugo definitely made the life she wanted, and didn't hold back the truth as she was telling her story to Monique - the writer she hires to do her biography. Though Monique has no idea why Evelyn chose her, you'll soon find out that Evelyn has a motive for everything and she unleashes the truth as she tells her life story.

I could tell right from the start that I was going to like this book. I've only read one book by Taylor, (One True Loves - which I loved), and this story is completely different! Taylor was NOT afraid to tell it how it is, and write about topics that others are afraid to write about.  While the majority of the book is about Evelyn in the past, we also get to learn about Monique and the story behind her in the present. I loved how it was written that way, because though it pauses from Evelyn's story here and there, you still get another story you're invested in. 

Evelyn is a deviously delicious, self confident woman, who knows what she wants and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. She isn't a good person, and she owns up to that fact about herself. The things that she has done throughout her life are truly unbelievable and she has no remorse what so ever. The thing about Evelyn, is that she really does try to do things to protect the ones she loves, but she does it in her own way regardless of others feelings. There's this quote that I found towards the end that really just summed up my entire feelings about her, and I laughed because of how true it was. 
"I hate Evelyn, but I think I like her very much. I wish she had never existed, and yet I can't help but admire her a great deal." 

One of my favorite things about this book is that there are a WIDE variety of people in this book. With so many personalities, and people from different backgrounds, you are rarely bored, and the conversations within this book are great! Not forgetting to mention the angst that goes along with the forbidden love. 

For those of you who are stuck in rut this summer and are looking for a great stand alone book, this one is a MUST!! You definitely won't regret it. 

ALSO, CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GORGEOUS THIS COVER IS? 
The emerald green is absolutely breathtaking. But I would like to mention that her boobs are a  "big" factor in her fame. So why does the girl on the cover have absolutely no tata's? ahaha

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you all!



Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of One True LovesMaybe in Another LifeAfter I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Her books have been named a “Best Book of Summer” by People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, USA TODAYRedbookUs Weekly, Parade, PopSugar, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Brit+Co, Goodreads, and others.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review + Giveaway (5 copies!!!): FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh




The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.


Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.


"The only power any man has over you is the power you give him."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

#ReadaDessen + Giveaway: JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen


Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything" — at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store.

This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.






As all of us Sarah Dessen readers are preparing for her newest novel thats coming out on June 6th, we're teleporting back to revisit some of our favorite stories! 

JUST LISTEN came out just before I graduating high school back in 2006 (oh my - not sure if I should admit that lol), and it has me wanting to listen to a few of my favorite hits that were released that year.


Here's were some of my favorite songs I listened to back in 2006:



  • SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
  • So Sick by Neyo
  • Move Along by All American Rejects
  • Stickwityou by Pussycat Dolls
  • Show Stopper by Danity Kane
  • Too Little Too Late by Jojo
  • My Love by Justin Timberlake
I could definitely go on with that list... but as I'm bringing back the memories, it's making me realize how long ago 2006 was! 

What were some of your favorite songs that were release back in 2006?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Review, Pinterest Board, Giveaway: ALEX AND ELIZA by Melissa De La Cruz



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.

1777. Albany, New York. 

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. 

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. 

In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. 




I'm going to be honest:
I have never listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, seen the Hamilton Broadway Show, or really know anything about Hamilton. Oh, and did I mention that history wasn't my favorite in high school either? 
With those reasons being said,  you wouldn't think this book would be meant for me. BUT, I think all of those reasons may have been why I was so intrigued with getting started with this book! With the pressure off from high school history, and my excitement to explore peaking at a new level, it was time to dive right on into Alex and Eliza. 

I've always been so curious about the fad of Hamilton, but never really had the time to truly check it out until now. Plus, I'm a sucker for a good love story.

Starting out Alex and Eliza, I could tell Melissa De La Cruz really did some major research with this one. I was very pleased with the old-fashioned writing style as well that really gave you the feel of being back in the late 1700's! It gave the novel that authentic feel, with just a bit of a modern touch.
Not forgetting to mention the many dresses and wigs! Being a girl who loved dressing up when she was younger (who am I kidding, I still do.... lol), the description of the dress styles and wigs had me reading with heart eyes.  I relished in those minor details, and a big part of me wished I was born back in their time!

As for the love story aspect of this book, it was lacking in some areas. I think I was caught up in all of the history within this book, that I found myself wanting to know more about the historical facts rather than pay attention to the romance between Alex and Eliza. I did find it to be a bit slow in some areas, and it really just left me with wanting "more" from both of them.

All in all, I think this book was a great, quick and easy read! 
If you're looking for a stand alone book to read in between series, this may be one to pick up if you're interested in history and romance. 
I also want to note that Hamilton knowledge isn't necessary when reading, which was nice since I had no idea what I was getting myself into!!

Have you picked up this book yet?? If so, leave a comment with what you thought of the book!






Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA TodayWall Street JournalLos Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network.


TOUR SCHEDULE:

Week One:
March 27 – Ex Libris – Top 10 Moments from A&E
March 28 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Eliza’s Legacy
March 29 – The Paige-Turner – Review + Favorite Quotes
March 30 – YA Bibliophile – A&E’s Love Letters
March 31 – Bookiemoji – Review

Week Two:
April 3 – The Book Nut – Playlist
April 4 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
April 5 – The Page Turners Blog – Review
April 6 – Fiktshun – Top 10 Reasons to Adore A&E
April 7 – A Page with a View – Review

Week Three:
April 8 – Twirling Pages – Review
April 11 – Mundie Moms – Review
April 12 – Fiction Fare – Review
April 13 – What Sarah Read – Review + Mood Board
April 14 – YA Wednesdays – A&E Fashion History

Week Four:
April 17 – The Fandom – Modernizing Hamilton Characters
April 18 – Hollywood the Write Way – Review
April 19 – Cracking the Cover – How A&E Have Shaped Our Lives

April 20 – Oh the Book Feels – Review + Pinterest Board
April 21 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway: GIVEN TO THE SEA (Given Duet #1) by Mindy McGinnis




Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given. 

Publisher: Putnam's Childrens
Pub Date: April 11th 2017